graveyard shift

a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.
those who work this shift.

1905–10, Americanism Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
graveyard shift
(US) the working shift between midnight and morning

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graveyard shift definition

  1. n.
    the night shift of work in a factory, usually starting at about midnight. (See also swing shift.) : The pay is pretty good on the graveyard shift.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
He had entered a drug-treatment program and landed a job working the graveyard shift at a condiment factory in the suburbs.
Jerry won't be working a graveyard shift, there's no one left to harangue, and the mood will be valedictory.
The graveyard shift has always been a lonely one to work, but new data suggest that it may be an unhealthy one as well.
People worked the swing shift and then partied through the graveyard shift until dawn.
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